Top attractions in Beijing
The Chinese capital has a history that stretches back over 3 millenia, but this former center of multiple kingdoms is as renowned for its modern skyline as its ancient monuments. Here are some of the attractions Beijing is best known for. Don't miss them!
Also known as the "13 Tombs," most of the Ming emperors were interred within these striking mausoleums. The Ming-Gräber are on the way to the Great Wall, so factor them into your day trip!
The site of several major protests and displays of military might, Tiananmen Square is made one of Beijing's most famous as much by the iconic monuments that surround it.
Tiananmen Square takes its name from the "Gate of Heavenly Peace" that seperates it from this ancient royal city. There's a lot to see in the Forbidden City, so book a guided tour and wear comfy shoes!
The most impressive of the surviving Chinese imperial gardens is a recreational complex of lakes, greenery, and palaces providing one of Beijing's most tranquil attractions.
Combining the architectural qualities of both Ming and Qing dynasties, the Temple of Heaven was finished in 1420 and has been one of China's holiest sites ever since!
This former imperial garden-turned-public Beihai Park is not just a site of outstanding beauty, but home to many sightseeing favorites, like the White Pagoda and the Nine-Dragon Wall!
Built for the 2008 Olympics, the 91,000-seat "Bird's Nest" has emerged as an icon of modern China. You can take a tour or even grab Beijing National Stadium tickets to a soccer game! Why not do both?
Five days to a week should be enough to see the sights of Beijing, get a feel for the city's culture, and even take a day trip out to the Great Wall of China!
Beijing's weather is most pleasant in early autumn (September/October), although the snowy winters do bring a charm of their own. Unless you want to see the Chinese New Year parade, avoid going during the nation's public holidays, when vast swarms of domestic tourists overwhelm even the quietest attractions!
Beijing's sights are spread all over the city, so if you plan to cover the lot then you should consider staying in the city center. The districts of Beijing all have their own character, but one of the best areas for a first-time visitor is Wangfujing. Its central location boasts plenty of places to shop and eat, including the famous Wangfujing Snack Street, where vendors flog a bizarre collection of snacks far from the usual Chinese staples!
- CurrencyRenminbi (¥)
- Time ZoneUTC (+08:00)
- Country Code+86
- Best time to visitEarly autumn is best to beat the crowds and avoid the summer heat.
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What people are saying about Beijing
I booked through 'Get your Guide' and the process was very simple. In Beijing, it was a smooth process to show the e-tickets at the ticket counter outside the theatre and obtain actual tickets. One can easily commute via the subway. Just know which exit (C) to get off at. Theatre is 75 mts to the left when you exit. The show was fantastic and should be included in one's itinerary whilst in Beijing.
The comfortable bus left on time and we were given an extra hour at the wall. There were only thee or four non Chinese people on board, but guide Tony gave explanations in good English too. Bright guy who unlike some guides does not talk too much. And no shopping on the way! At the wall we were left on our own. Warmly recommended tour!
We booked our tour during the golden week which is known to be very busy. Our tour guide Tony has fortunately well prepared for that event and has scheduled an early departure so that we did not have to queue at all and were able to enjoy the wall with not too many people. Tony and his colleagues were very friendly and helpful. They on top offered historical background information in Chinese and English. All in all, we can highly recommend the offered tour.
We had a fantastic private tour of the Great Wall of China and Lama Temple. Our tour guide, Linda, was amazing and so knowledgeable. Linda graciously took photos and videos of my father and me as we explored the wall. She shared so much knowledge about the wall, and her English was perfect. The lunch between the wall and the Lama Temple was delicious. I want to eat there again! The Lama Temple was spectacular. I am so glad I had the opportunity to visit and learn about Buddhism in China. I will recommend this tour to any friends and family that may visit Beijing in the future.
If we had installed wechat on your smartphones we could have easly booked tickes once we arrived at the forbidden city or just via cash. But to save time and since we were not able to forcast how many people would be around that specific day it was good to have the tickets booked beforehand to be on the save side not spending much time at the entrance but just showing our passports... Perfect deal!